09.07.2024

New TATuP issue: "Malevolent creativity and civil security: The ambivalence of emergent technologies"

How can technology assessment help prevent the misuse of technology to promote radicalization and terrorist violence? The current TATuP Special topic seeks to put issues of malevolent creativity and civil security on the TA map.

The full issue is available here.

Raising awareness of the risks and unintended consequences of technology has always been a major concern of technology assessment (TA). However, TA has rarely addressed how technology might be used deliberately to undermine civil security or promote radicalization and terrorist violence. The guest editors of the new Special topic “Malevolent creativity and civil security: The ambivalence of emergent technologies” aim to fill this gap.

The Special topic editors, together with the authors, examine new and emerging technologies at the interface of civil security and malicious use – such as AI innovations or autonomous systems. In the process, they reflect on the possibilities and limitations of assessing and preventing the malicious use of these technologies.

Interview: Democracy in immersive digital worlds

The TATuP interview focuses on how we can shape the virtual reality-enhanced internet of the future. Matthias Quent, one of the best-known researchers on right-wing extremism, talks about the activities of his “Immersive Democracy” project, which is concerned with safeguarding democratic practices in the up-coming internet.

Also in the current issue: a research article on a self-reflective analysis of the role of research on ethical, legal, and social implications in projects on technology solutions for care, conference reports, book reviews, and news from the TA community.